The recovery process has gotten underway and Ringgold High School's doors are back open. The rebuilding is still on-going but the light at the end of the tunnel is bright and within reach. Sharon Vaughn, the principal of Ringgold High School has had to put on a brave face as her students, teachers and community has looked to her for leadership. Vaughn has overseen nearly all of the rebuilding, as she tries to put her school back together.
Vaughn and her entire staff have jumped right in to try and rebuild Ringgold into a better version of its former self.
After a trip to Catoosa County initially following the tornado, Bob Stinchcomb of the Georgia Athletic Director's Association realized that the GADA needed to help out Ringgold. The GADA acted quickly and generously donated $3000 to the recovery efforts. It was not a hand out but rather a hand up from the GADA. Stinchcomb, who was on hand at Heritage for the celebration, noted that when he first surveyed the scene he realized that the rare tornado was not able to destroy the community, thanks to Heritage High School.
Denia Reese is the Superintendent of Catoosa County Schools and she faced mixed emotions as her district was impacted by the tornado. On one hand, one of her schools was nearly destroyed; however she could also take pride in how another one of her schools stepped up and lent far more than just a helping hand.